More often than not, most medics do not make it the first time they apply, particularly when applying as a mature student. In the days that rejections from medical schools prompt you to easily despair when it comes to seeing yourself as ‘the future doctor’, few people come up with thought provoking, engaging and searching ideas to challenge you not to lose hope at the first hurdle.
I am forced to post a text message that I received from a friend of mine, whom I am gonna keep his name anonymous, as I felt really honoured to get this sort of respectful feedback upon the rejections that left me helpless. Also, I feel this reflective, immensely descriptive as well as informative advice will be viewed as an invaluable tool to stick with our plan and reapply in the next application cycle, for those who are in the same boat. The sender of this message has secured a medical school place for the next academic year.
Hey, that was a long message.
I can fully understand whay you say about not wanting to start later, but then I have thought the same before. I think the thing to remember is that whilst younger graduates may have more clinical experience, age related life experience and professional maturity will be invaluable to both the bearer of that experience and those around them.
I think of multi-discplinary teams as being a combination of unique talents and experiences of all its individuals. You may be a so called ‘late starter’, as I am, but then we have different skill sets and unique things to offer that even the younger clinicians will appreciate and that will give us our ‘unique selling points’, so to speak.
Given that, and the fact that retirement would be 35-40 years after graduation … you are not anywhere short of time. I know it is nerving when you see the big 30 encroaching, and I have thought similar things myself…but not every journey needs completing, nor beginning before it.
My advice is …. If medicine is what you want, stick with it another year. Make a second application to medical engineering/bioengineering if that is what you want as a back up, then if you do not get into medicine you have a choice … take that course, or ask for a place on the same course the year after and try medicine again.
In any case, giving up at the first hurdle does not sound like you. I think it is important to look back at your personal statement and see what we can do to make it perfect and ensure you an interview. That is not to say it is not good already, but may be a fresh pair of eyes, also from a native speaker, may help you highlight whether it comes across as you intend. I will give you a hand with it if you wish.
I think you can make it, but you will have a different and possibly more challenging pathway than many … but the rewards will be worth the effort. You have the right people skills to be able to make it as a doctor and you are clearly academically able. I am sure time will deal you a good hand. Patience is, as they say, a virtue. You have plenty of time yet.